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  1. I took another trip yesterday to the Kimmeridgian site in the Danube Valley and continued my dig in the divisum zone. This time I came up with, among other things, a Pseudhimalayites uhlandi ammonite with a diameter of 18cm. These things can get quite large, so I'm dealing with just the phragmocone here. As I've mentioned in other posts, this exposure is in the middle of a sponge reef, so a lot of activity was going on here at the time that this creature hit the dust, so to speak. It landed on a group of sponges and began to deteriorate and deform, revealing the insides of some of the septa, but not before a number of epizoans, such as tube worms, colonized it, some bits of sponge got stuck to it, and another little ammonite shell dropped onto it before it was finally buried and retained for posterity. The photos below can be enlarged to have a better look at the detritus. Thought it might interest you.
  2. Hi im and amateur collector and I'm not sure if the was the right section to post this under. I purchased this tusk a couple years ago. The seller said he's had it since the 1970s. Because of the large crack from top to bottom and the inside is quite powdery. Is there and thing I can do to preserve it? Its about 6.5 feet along the curve and 120lb so I get worried when I move it. Also I see that great patina on some tusks is that something that is added 5o make it shine or does it comes out of the ground like that? Any help would be appreciated!
  3. Hello together, I just got a fossil that I am not sure what to make of. The species ID I got is Nemiana/Beltanelliformis, which I have no reason to doubt so far. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltanelliformis What has me wondering is the preservation. Most pieces the seller had to offer seem to be imprints or remnants of sediment glued together by biofilms as one would expect for the species, like in the third pic. Containing mica interestingly. The piece in question appears covered in a shiny black layer that reminds me very much of what I once found in a glass bottle of coke that had melted in a campfire, turning its sugary content into coal. In case of the fossil it may be other dark minerals of course, but after reading about organically preserved specimens I dared hope that it may be the actual carbon. What do you think? Thanks J
  4. Dino Rear End Fossil

    Look! I found this fossil in Slate. Dinosaur mummy shows they had a cloaca https://slate.com/technology/2020/10/dinosaur-butt-fossil-discovery-cloaca.html
  5. Hello So a while back I came into the possession of a Columbian Mammoth Tooth. As you can see it's in need of a clean and maybe preserving, which I have never done and so I'd like some advice. Feel free to treat me like an idiot as I have never done this befor. P.S. I cannot upload anything to the Gallery section either.
  6. Hi eveyone I bought these fossil insects online a while ago now. Seller said they were from the crato formation in brazil. I would love to know peoples thoughts on them. Are these sort of insects generally 100% natural? Also how are they prepped? Thanks
  7. I have quite a few casts (too many to post here) of small shells. They are preserved in extremely soft matrix and I am worried about the matrix falling apart over time. The matrix also appears to dissolve quickly when exposed to water. I've lost a few specimens to my failed attempts at extraction with water (lesson learned). I live in Virginia which can be very wet and humid at times, especially in the spring/late summer. I'm trying to avoid posting pics (I'm inherently very lazy) but I will if need be. Thanks.
  8. Hello, The photo below is my personal collection of Keichousaurus. The bones of this piece seems very fragile to me. I am considering of applying paraloid b72 dissolve in acetone in hope of strengthening the bones. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed!
  9. Hi there! I am brand new to the forum, but have been a fossil lover all my life. I am hoping to learn the best way to preserve sandstone leaf fossils. I've been finding them since I was a kid and my mother use to coat they in polyurethane, I believe. I'm just not convinced this is the best practice. I imagine the chemicals would deteriorate the stone overtime? Anyways, I would appreciate any and all advice. Thanks in advance! Dea
  10. Is there a youtube video of how this is prepared to use on a fossil? I have one in particular i want to use it on to preserve better. Of course im a total newb to this so i want to know the do's and dont's before i even attempt it.
  11. Dealing with marine algae

    Hello everyone, I found the below ichthyosaur vertebra on the beach at Wimereux two weeks ago. It had obviously been lying there for some time, as it was covered in green algae and barnacles. Based on the advise of various friends and the fact this rock seems to hard and massive to work through using just my Dremel, I'll be leaving the fossil in its matrix. However, I do want to clean it up from the algae and barnacles. As such, I used a 1:2 dilution of 14° household cleaning vinegar and a couple of sturdy brushes to remove most of the algae (dipping the brushes in the solution between brushings) and soaked it in soapy hot water. Areas with tougher algae were treated using the undiluted vinegar. Today removed the remaining barnacles using wooden toothpicks, following it with another soak in hot soapy water and another rinse. Although I think this got rid of all the barnacles, and the piece is no longer entirely coated in green algae, there are still various green spots on the rock (and a slight green sheen on the vertebra itself) that haven't come out with the treatment. (Also the "dead fish smell" still lingers) This makes me wonder about the following things: 1. Can the algae regrow, given enough light and moisture in the air? 2. Has anyone ever experienced algae spreading in their collection after failing to remove all traces of algae (I mean, fungi will spread between books and, as I understand, algae can transmit their spores by air)? 3. Is there a way I can get rid of the remaining algae on the rock? E.g. exposure to sun/UV light? 4. Is there a way something can be done about the slight lingering smell, or is this just something that needs to dissipate over time? Now I read some of you prefer using diluted bleach to remove algae growth from fossils (as mentioned in the post below), but I'm not sure I feel comfortable playing around with such aggressive agents yet...
  12. modern bone preservation

    good morning is there a need to preserve modern bone? and if so, can you suggest a safe and (relatively) easy way to do so? i'm hoping there may be some kind of aerosol spray or perhaps something i can just brush on i don't have the equipment or space to use acetone and paraloid (and am hoping that would not be necessary for modern bone) thank you
  13. I've owned a sweet Keich that came from China via Germany in the mid-20th century. In our last move, it was broken. The photos attached show the main break point with missing vertebrae. The next photo shows the cross-section, just for the sake of proving authenticity (you can see how the matrix striae curve around the bone as well as the details of the spine in cross-section). As I was lucky enough to find the missing vertebrae I placed the pieces together in the next photo and held the pieces in place in the final photo to show how it should look when finally repaired. My question: What adhesive should I use to repair the matrix and is there something different I should use to glue the delicate piece with the vertebrae into place? Many thanks to all for any experience/advice.
  14. Best Preserving Methods?

    Hey everyone! I need to prepare some White River fossils and I was wondering the best preservation method for larger bones, such as oreodont skulls, etc. Any response is appreciated! Thanks!
  15. Hello, Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support in answering questions for someone who has now ventured into fossil hunting and procurement. I purchased the attached ammonite pair some time ago and I would like to get advice on quality and possible additional restoration I can do on my own. I’m not sure if I can get the dull face better polished. I’m also not sure what to do with the external sides. Is this also a very good quality specimen and therefore, I should put further interest in getting the pair in better Condition? That may be a loaded question as it may be simply a matter of opinion but I’m just interested in professionals’ advice.
  16. Fossil Wood Preservation

    Hello all! I picked up a massive lump of fossil wood from the Eocene London Clay beds in Suffolk, England. Normally I leave fossil wood but this is by far the largest piece I have found that isn’t crushed. Would it be advisable to soak it in fresh water that is changed every day? Any advice would be great fully appreciated. Thanks!
  17. I have a Vero Tapir foot bone fossil. The fossil is in very good shape with very few cracks, being not terribly old since Vero Tapir's went extinct some 11,000 years ago, (11,000 years seems pretty old to me though!) I am pretty new to fossil hunting, so I was curious whether or not it is necessary to put some kind of preserving agent on it? Are there any advantages or disadvantages either way? I appreciate any help!
  18. Today, instead of bemoaning the paucity of marine cretaceous rocks in my state, I reframed the situation as follows: "In the Cretaceous, most of Missouri was not ocean but land, with lots of exposed limestone that dinosaurs were likely walking around on." This led me to the following question: Do we have no fossil examples of dinosaurs that fell in sinkholes / caves / paleokarst and were preserved there, perhaps discovered during quarrying of the limestone? We definitely have such examples for fossil mammals, reptiles, etc., including Pleistocene (Ocala), Pliocene (Pipe Creek Jr.), and Miocene (Gray Fossil Site)... So why not earlier? Why not dinosaurs? Surely there were paleokarst processes in action during dinosaur times. As possibly useful information, there was definitely regional hydrothermal activity here in the Mesozoic, based on the Jurassic emplacement age of southern Illinois fluorite.
  19. leaf preservation

    NM_IF_c3_4_16_comprfloramuseolclanek5_Cimino.pd FOSSIL IMPRINT • vol. 72 • 2016 • no. 3-4 • pp. 172–182 LEAF COMPRESSIONS FROM THE LATE MIOCENE SECTIONS OF NW ITALY:RESEARCH ON AN EFFICIENT, EASY AND QUICK CONSOLIDATION TREATMENT DAFNE CIMINO1, OSCAR CHIANTORE, EDOARDO MARTINETTO, PIERO DAMARCO, TOMMASO POLI competing interest statements: the article contains some remark that COULD be construed as a product recommendation the fact that I post this should not be seen in the light of "advertising"(or something resembling it)
  20. Aw guys I just unearthed my childhood fossil collection and have found that a lot of them have disintegrated into practically dust. Others are growing what looks like mould but is crystalline I think. Is this normal for certain mineral types? And what would you recommend I do to protect the rest?
  21. Does anyone know of deposits other than the LeGrand crinoids where each species is preserved in a different characteristic color, all on the same slab? We have this kind of thing in the brachiopods and trilobites of the Decorah Formation (Late Ordovician) here in Missouri, which is what got me thinking about it. But I've never seen a report summarizing other cases of this phenomenon, and as I think about it I'm not sure I can name any others. Can you? Brachiopod photo info: A= Zygospira B= Rafinesquina C= Doleroides 1 = Isotelus, rusty brown 2 = ?Achatella, light gray. Highway M near Antonia, Jefferson County Decorah Formation, Late Ordovician, ~450 million years old
  22. Hey-Oh!!!! I found some little neat containers for super cheap and thought I'd share what and where! First pics are from Walmart's Back 2 School section. These were $1 dollar each. They are stackable, have two latches for containment and are great for smaller finds that are worth separating out and isolation. Second are classic plastic cotton ball containers that were being merchandised as small screw containers at Mendards. These come in two sizes (can't remember what) and they are $1.88 per container. I like these for separating my new finds that are smaller and need to soak in vinegar/etc... to further break down any matrix. OR as another source of stackable containers. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!!! Steve
  23. preserving fossils in coal.

    Hello, On a recent holiday to Kent I picked up some carboniferous plant fossils from a disused coal pit. Being in coal however they are rather crumbly and will not survive in their present state. Are there any methods for treatment suitable for a lightweight beginner to stabilise fossils in coal that I could use to prevent deterioration?
  24. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to preserve pyrite fossils? How to clean and keep them shiny without decay?
  25. I acquired these megs years ago, probably from a rock and fossil shop in Texas, USA. Is it at all possible to speculate where they might have originally been found based on their coloration and condition? Also, they have been "preserved" with what looks like clear lacquer. Is there a way to remove this without damaging the teeth? I would like to return them to somewhat of an "as found" condition. I realize they are poor quality specimens and not very large, but the shiny coating is bugging me!
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